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Lugete, o Veneres, Cupidinesque

Language: Latin

Lugete, o Veneres, Cupidinesque,
Et quantum est hominum venustiorum.
Passer mortuus est meæ Catullæ,
Passer, deliciæ meæ Catullæ,
Quem plus illa oculis suis amabat.
Nam mellitus erat, suamque norat
Ipsa tam bene quam Catulla matrem:
Nec sese a gremio illius movebat;
Sed circumsiliens modo huc, modo illuc,
Ad solam dominam usque pipilabat.
Qui nunc it per iter tenebricosum
Illuc unde negant redire quemquam.
At vobis male sit, malse tenebræ
Orci, quæ omnia bella devoratis:
Tam bellum mihi passerem abstulistis.
O factum male! O miselle passer!
Tua nunc opera meæ Catullæ
Flendo turgiduli rubent ocelli.

Translation(s): ENG ITA

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Piangete, o Veneri, o amori, o voi

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the Latin

Piangete, o Veneri, o amori, o voi
     Che avete un’anima venusta e pia:
     È morto il passere di Lesbia mia;
     E assai più amavalo degli occhi suoi.

Era uno zucchero: come bambina
     La mamma scernere suole, ei sapea
     Ben riconoscere la padroncina,
     E in grembo subito le s’accogliea.

Or qua saltandole or là, píando,
     Giochi e tripudj faceale intorno;
     Ed ora a un tramite scuro, esacrando
     Move, onde lecito non è il ritorno.

Voi male abbiatene, o inesorate
     Ombre del Tartaro, che con funeste
     Fauci ogni amabile cosa ingojate,
     E un sì bel passere a me toglieste.

O danno! O misero passere! E intanto
     Che vai per l’orrida funerea via,
     Gli occhiuzzi languidi di Lesbia mia
     Rosseggian tumidi dal pianger tanto.

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